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Colorado mountains: Over 4 feet of snow for some and more to come

Sweeping avalanche buried 10 cars, trapping people for an hour.
Sweeping avalanche buried 10 cars, trapping people for an hour.
Over the last week our January blast of Winter weather has buried many Colorado mountains with 1 to over 4 feet of snow. While the eastern plains delt with an Arctic blast, our mountain areas have seen multiple waves of heavy snow and wind over the last 8 days. Steamboat Springs for example picked up 50 inches of snow since Wednesday of last week. For the month Steamboat has seen over 76 inches of snow!

Heavy snow in the Winter Park Area caused the closure of Berthoud Pass for several days due to avalanches. Berthoud Pass back currently open after avalanches, some Colorado travelers still hoping to avoid hours-long detour

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6 dead, 2 children missing in Bolivia floods

The water in Tipuani reached 2 meters
The water in Tipuani reached 2 meters.
Six people are dead and two minors are missing after heavy rains this week sparked flooding in the Bolivian town of Tipuani in the department of La Paz, authorities said Wednesday.

Flooding has led to the death of an elderly person who was unable to leave his home and a traffic accident in which "the vehicle ran aground and as a result one person died," Major Victor Ramirez, operational chief of police, told state-run television station Bolivia TV.

A public service vehicle fell into the river on Tuesday, leaving four dead, he added.


Child's death in dog attack leads to roundup, killing of strays in Salluit, Quebec

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A four-year-old boy in Salluit died after being attacked by four dogs while he was walking to his grandfather's home, Nunavik Police Service confirmed.

In response, more than 70 stray dogs have been captured and killed in the northern village since the Jan. 11 attack and the effort to round up stray dogs will continue, according to the village's treasurer.

In an interview, police Capt. Patrice Abel said the incident happened midday and that two of the dogs were known to the child and were not strays but had been left untied outside.

Officers were unable to determine whether the boy did something to provoke the dogs before they he was attacked, he said.


Monkeys have had just about enough of tourists so start attacking them on beach in Thailand

Terrifying footage shows the moment a troop of monkeys suddenly turned on beachgoers and started to attack them.

The wild and unexpected encounter was filmed at the Phi Phi islands in Thailand on Christmas Eve.

The video clip from the aptly named Monkey Beach shows how tourists wearing bikinis and swimsuits leapt to their feet when several monkeys - including babies - launched themselves at people's legs.

Visitors to Thailand are reminded that wild animals are unpredictable and may act defensively if they feel threatened or provoked.


Record 68 dog attack deaths in 2023 in the U.S. and Canada included also record 55 by pit bull

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Arguably the two most publicized and discussed dog attack fatalities in the U.S. and Canada during 2023, including a record 65 in the U.S. alone and an also record 55 by pit bull, were two that apparently did not happen.

If Jean Robinson, 76, and Allison Joy Cumming, 53, actually died by dog during the early morning hours of December 27, 2023, at their Pawsitive Dog Kennel training and boarding facility on Red Schoolhouse Road in Farmington, Maine, the U.S. dog attack body count for 2023 would rise to 70.

ANIMALS 24-7, logging the body count since 1982, delayed releasing our annual wrap-up of U.S. and Canadian dog attack deaths and disfigurements for two weeks while awaiting confirmation of how Robinson and Cumming died, reportedly more than five hours before their remains were discovered.

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Evacuation underway for stranded tourists after avalanches trap 1,000 people in China

Rescuers evacuated tourists on Tuesday from a remote skiing area in northwestern China where dozens of avalanches triggered by heavy snow have trapped more than 1,000 people for a week, state media said.

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Lightning strike kills boy on Fiji - 2nd such death in 2 days for the island

A 16-year-old high school student of Yanuya Island, Malolo, has died after he was struck by lightning last Saturday.

Police said the incident occurred at 5pm while the teenager was returning from a picnic on a boat in the Mamanuca waters.

He died instantly and his body is currently awaiting a post-mortem examination at the Lautoka Hospital mortuary.

In a separate incident, a 60-year-old farmer was found lying motionless in Sabeto last Thursday.

Police said it was believed he was struck by lightning at his cassava farm at Keoloya settlement.

Investigations into both incidents are continuing.

Comment: Lightning kills man on Fiji

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Weather wreaks havoc in Indian capital amid cold snap

© Arun Sankar/AFPA Spice Jet Airlines prepares to take off amid dense fog
Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi • December 27, 2023
More than 100 flights have been affected due to adverse conditions in the north of the country...

Around 100 flights were delayed and 25 canceled on Tuesday afternoon as the Indian capital, New Delhi, grappled with dense fog, low visibility, and record-low temperatures, Indian media has reported.

Chaotic scenes have been emerging from Delhi Airport since Sunday as stranded passengers awaiting departure have had to wait long hours for their flights to take off.

On Tuesday morning, the airport authorities implemented a "low visibility procedures" protocol, warning that flights not equipped for low-visibility landings could experience "delays or diversions."

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Arctic blast brings travel chaos: More than 7,000 flights are canceled or delayed and cars get stranded as 150 million face wind chill warnings

DES MOINES, IOWA: Water is frozen coming out of a pipe during extreme cold weather on Caucus Day
A deadly artic cold is sweeping the nation this week, putting millions of Americans under wind chill warnings and creating slippery conditions on the roads causing traffic delays.

The National Weather Service said wind chills are expected to push temperatures 30 degrees below zero from the Northern Rockies to northern Kansas and into Iowa on Monday.

About 150 million Americans were under a wind chill warning or advisory for dangerous cold and wind, according to Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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Cars submerged as Cyclone Belal sparks flash flooding in Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Belal pummeled the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion with strong winds, heavy rain, and massive flooding.
Tropical Cyclone Belal pummeled the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion with strong winds, heavy rain, and massive flooding.
The tropical cyclone had already hit the island of Réunion, killing at least one person and leaving many homes without electricity.

Torrential downpours from Cyclone Belal unleashed severe flash flooding in the Mauritius capital, Port Louis, on Monday with cars washed down streets and people seen escaping their submerged vehicles.

The Mauritius weather service raised the alarm from class two to class three as the island nation braced for worse to come. Belal is expected to pass Mauritius at its closest point early on Tuesday.